This weekend sees the return of International Football for match-day three of the Euro 2020 qualifiers. All of the home nations in action over the weekend, but who will take the upper hand to qualify for the tournament that has a total of 12 host cities.
Republic of Ireland v Denmark-Tonight at 7.45pm
Tonight Mick McCarthy’s Republic of Ireland team travel to Copenhagen to face Denmark in a vital Euro 2020 qualifier at 7.45pm. The teams will meet for a staggeringly fifth time in just a year and a half!
With a 1-0 win over Gibraltaar thanks to Jeff Hendrick in the opening game of the qualification campaign, backed up by another 1-0 victory over Georgia at home in March via a stunning Conor Hourihane free-kick. McCarthy’s squad have got off to a great start, but will face a trickier contest later tonight.
Denmark are unbeaten in four games against Ireland, drawing three and winning the other clash 5-1 in a World Cup 2018 qualifying play-off at the Aviva in November 2017. However, on the flip side the Republic have lost just one of their last eight matches against Denmark, winning two, drawing five and loosing the one mentioned above. They have kept six clean sheets in the process.
Estonia v Northern Ireland-Saturday 5pm
Northern Ireland continue their campaign for a Euro 2020 spot when they travel to Estonia for their match day three tie.
In the reverse fixture Michael O’Neill’s men convincingly beat the Estonian’s 2-0 at Windsor Park, goals coming from Niall McGinn and captain Steven Davis. In their second game which was also at home, the Green and White Army secured another victory beating Belarus 2-1 with Jonny Evans and Josh Magennis getting the scores.
The Northern-Irish men will hope to come away with the points in Estonia, which should test the players and coaching staff in a tough contest.
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Ryan Giggs’ Wales are also in action who travel to Croatia at 2pm on Saturday.
Also newly-appointed Scotland manager Steve Clarke welcomes Cyprus to Hampden on Saturday night at 7.45pm.